Monday, October 20, 2008

Sampradaik Rajneeti Virodhi Manch

Venue: Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, 2nd fl hall, Azad Maidan, CST, Mumbai.
Date : 22/10/08 Time : 5.30 to 8pm

Ajit Sahi: Editor-at-large: Tehelka
Mahesh Bhatt: Film maker and Social activist
Pravin Nadkar: IFTU, President (Maharashtra)
Sanjay Singhvi: CPI-ML, Central Politburo Member

Feroze Mithiborwala: Rashtriya Samaj Paksh, National Vice-President
Avinash Kamble: Vidrohi Sanskrutik Chadwal
Aslam Ghazi: Jamaat-i-Islami, Public Relations Officer (Maharashtra)
Jyoti Punwani: Freelance Journalist

organised by:
Kishore Jagtap, Arun Velaskar, Mulniwasi Mala, Varsha V V, Amol Madame, Chetna Birje, Jyoti Bedekar, Sayeed Khan, Reshma Jagtap, Ravi Joshi, Arif Kapadia, A. H. Faruqi & Jagdish Nagarkar.

Vidyarti Bharti, Awami Bharat, Sadhbhavna Sangh, Indian Social Movement, Samip Pratishthan, TUCI, IFTU, RSP, CPI-ML, Jamaat-i-Islami, Phule-Ambedkari Vichar Manch.

Reject the attempts of communal divisions for vote bank politics and religious jingoism!

Incidents of Bomb blasts and communal riots seem to occur more when the elections are round the corner. The politics of terror is the new political and social challenge of our times. The phenomenon of terrorism has also served to worsen and deepen the communalization of Indian society. These tactics are also used to settle scores between rival politicians belonging to different parties and some times also from the same party. Investigations into many such events have generally revealed this truth.

Recent series of bomb blasts that shook the whole country have once again raised the suspicion that these events are beneficial for further polarization of the voters along the communal lines for the benefit of the various political outfits in different states. Though the media and the state are very vociferous in condemning the supposed Muslim culprits, there seems to be a deliberate silence about the Hindutva extremists indulging in terror activities. We condemn the terrorist methods used by all these extremist forces representing different religions. The fact of the matter is that the very forces that earlier formented communal riots are now the very forces that are at the root of terror attacks. Thus the suspects are the extremists of both the communities as well as the state itself.

Sri Krishna commission report also exposed the biased manner in which the Mumbai police acted during the Mumbai riots of 1992-93. When the state fails to protect certain communities from communal onslaughts and in some cases also resort to violence against them, then these communities often feel justified in responding in kind.

Convert to Hinduism or die is the slogan of Hindutva extremists in Orissa and yet the state has failed in preventing these forces from burning churches, raping women, killing Christians and indulging in worst possible hate crimes. In Dhulia an activist of a newly formed Hindu Raksha Samiti got angry when a boy from the area removed the poster abusing Muslims for terrorism and that was enough reason to ignite a riot. A similar incident about a banner led to a riot in Thane. Timely intervention by the administration in both these cases could have averted these riots. However as the aggressive posture of the Hindu fundamentalist goes unchecked they are able to communalise the sentiments of the majority community more and more successfully. Bomb blast which caused the death of two Barang Dal activists in Nanded in April 2006 as well as in kanpur in August 2008, exposed the Hindutva extremists terror module. But both the state and the media are complicit in this coverup.
Communal politics and hatred of religious minorities seem to bring electoral dividends in the country. This situation needs to be changed. It is therefore necessary to resort to every possible democratic method to oppose these tendencies. Secularism needs to be strengthened to defend the rights of the minorities and thus deepen the roots of democracy. That will further isolate the Muslim extfremists within their community. Secularism is a useful tool for religious people of all communities. This terminology finds acceptance among the many people from all communities because of the vote bank political tactics used by the so called secular parties. A truly secular state should favour no religion and support a movement towards a society free of religious discrimination.

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